School and Ranking Information
Getting into the entry-level field of medical assisting usually requires no formal education, though completing some form of training can significantly improve your chances of being hired in the position. Many of the medical assistant programs in or around Richmond are found in 2-year colleges or for-profit institutions. Based on graduation rate, program size, and the employment rate of graduates, the following school is considered a top school in the Richmond area for those interested in becoming a medical assistant:
- Winner: ECPI University had one of the higher graduation and student retention rates in 2014 of comparable schools in the area at 40% and 56%, respectively. With campuses in both south and west Richmond offering the school's medical assistant program, locational access should be fairly easy for Richmond residents. The university's medical assistant program awarded a total of 540 associate degrees out of their parent institution in Virginia Beach in 2015.
School Info Chart
|Location||Richmond (Moorefield and Emerywood)|
|School Type||4-year, private for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||Undergrad: $14,755*|
|Medical Assistant Degrees Offered||Associate|
|Medical Assistant Degrees Awarded in (2014-2015)||540 (parent institution)*|
|Noteworthy||Curriculum includes an externship opportunity|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
ECPI University (South or West Richmond campus)
- Program provides both clinical and administrative studies and experience
- Five classes included in the curriculum also offered online
- High employment rates of medical assistant program graduates
ECPI has a total of thirteen locations branching from its parent institution in Virginia Beach. Its two Richmond locations are in Moorefield and Emerywood, both of which offer their medical assisting associate's program. Since medical assistants provide support for physicians in both administrative and clinical capacities, the curriculum of the program includes training in both areas, as well as an externship in which students can apply what they've learned within real medical office settings.
ECPI's medical assistant program is comprised of 61 credit hours and 1,170 contact hours in total. Classes are spread across the areas of core curriculum, arts and sciences, and self-integration and computer literacy. Courses available online to students include principles of communication, college composition, culture and diversity, introduction to psychology, and essentials for success. The degree can be earned in a minimum of fifteen months.